As a registered dietitian on Keri Glassman’s Nutritious Life team, I have to admit there are perks. Recently I had the privilege of getting a sneak peak of Keri’s new book Slim Calm Sexy Diet, set to be released to the public on Tuesday, March 27th. I consider myself on top of the newest and latest in nutrition, but have to admit I both highlighted and took notes . . . I wanted to take a minute to share, in place of Keri’s weekly blog. Without being cookie cutter, everyone can apply the lessons in this beautiful book to their own life and I feel uniquely qualified to report on it.
Slim Calm Sexy is called a “diet book” and there is a very structured food plan: with 6 weeks of food, gorgeous recipes, a grocery list and tips for success. I have no doubt that when followed, weight loss will be a wonderful side effect, but expect that most people would feel better within the first two days. Consistent with Keri’s philosophy, the food plan is based on whole, fresh foods. A huge majority of the foods and ingredients are unprocessed, without artificial ingredients, preservatives or chemical additives, but they also fit into a busy and fast paced lifestyle. The foods are inherently satisfying, and most impressive is that there is a rationale for why the foods are chosen. When following the plan, the reasoning behind the recommendations is laid out. For example, when nuts are suggested as a morning snack, there is no wondering what it is about nuts, or why there is a morning snack, or what it does in the context of following the food plan. Every recommendation is thoroughly (scientifically and anecdotally) explained. The “diet” seems entirely satisfying . . . not at all unlike how we eat in the office.
More than a diet book, Slim Calm Sexy Diet looks at the whole person. Keri realizes that what we eat doesn’t exist in a vacuum. A person’s diet needs to be looked at with regard to the rest of their lifestyle. The ‘calm’ in the book refers to how stress hormones wreak havoc on our health efforts and how we all need to get to a place of ‘calm’ in regards to our relationship with food. The book speaks to revolutionizing one’s health with deference to each individual’s life – it respects jobs, families, cooking ability, physical ability, genetics, health profile and more. There are affirmations (101 of them to stay slim, calm and sexy for life), a workout, psychological troubleshooting, recipes, a grocery list and mind-body strategies to make this diet a lifetime worthy lifestyle.
Right from the introduction, where Keri shares her personal struggling journey into a slim calm sexy world, I knew this book would appeal to anyone. While being fit and healthy looks so effortless for her, it took a lot of dancing with devils and battling demons to wind up where she did: in a place where she has a healthy relationship with food and her body. She can eat chocolate, drink a glass of wine, rave about a kale recipe and not eat a dessert if it just isn’t delicious. I can tell you firsthand that Keri absolutely practices what she preaches and the whole book reflects her ability to be science based, spiritual, an educator and a student.
Slim Calm Sexy Diet is a great resource – pick it up when you need a little inspiration, or read it cover to cover in one sitting as I did. Before you crack the cover, though, go and brew a delicious cup of green tea, or slice some lemon in your ice water, or try a green juice. Cheers to a slimmer, calmer, sexier you!
Stacia Helfand, MEd, RD, CDN, Nutritious Life dietitian